2019-2020 University Graduate Continuing Fellowship
2017-2018 Fulbright Open Research Grant
2017 NSF IRES Fellowhsip
2017 UT- Austin Global Research Fellowship
2016-2017 UT- Austin Graduate School Continuing Fellowship
2016 Potter Rose Fellowship
2016 Tinker Summer Field Research Grant
2015-2017 UT School of Architecture Summer Travel Grants
2014-2015 UT-Austin Graduate School Diversity Mentoring Fellowship

Co-organizer, Spaces of Struggle

B. Arch, Minor in Industrial Design: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
M.S. Urban & Regional Planning: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Alexandria, VA

I am a phd candidate in the Community and Regional Planning Program.  I am interested in social justice, youth geographies and urban design, and I hope to contribute to radical planning theories and methodologies. My dissertation work is an ethnographic project with young adults in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, examining their mobilities and imaginaries.

Prior to arriving at UT-Austin, I had a variety of work experiences, including working as an intern architect, teaching small children, and managing the sustainability program at the National League of Cities, where I worked with sustainability directors and local elected officials to progress city sustainability efforts in the United States.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Vasudevan, R. and Sletto, B. 2020. “‘They sold us illusions’: Informality, Redevelopment, and the Politics of Limpieza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.” Urban Planning, Special Issue: Cities of Inclusion-Spaces of Justice. (Forthcoming Aug 2020)

Vasudevan, R. 2020. “The Potentials and Pitfalls of ‘Art in Research’ Methodologies: Foregrounding Memory and Emotion in Planning Research.” Planning Theory and Practice, 21(1): 58-75.

Gauger, B., Gelbard, S., Kayanan, C.M., Mah, J., Sherman, S., and Vasudevan, R. (equal authorship). 2019. “Spaces of Struggle.” Critical Planning Journal, 24.

Peer Reviewed Articles Under Review
Vasudevan, R. Towards a heart-centered approach to fieldwork: reflections from a feminist planner.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapter
Schilling, J., and Vasudevan, R. 2012. The Promise of Sustainability Planning for Regenerating Older Industrial Cities. In The City After Abandonment, eds. Dewar, M. and Thomas, J.M. Chapter 11.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 244-267.

Other Publications
Sletto, B., Vasudevan, R., Reyes, A., Staines, L. Community-Based Planning and Critical Pedagogy in Santo Domingo Norte, Dominican Republic. 2018. Platform: Complexity | Scale | Power. UT-Austin School of Architecture. https://soa.utexas.edu/publications/platform-complexity-scale-power

Sletto, B., ed. 2017. Tocando puertas: La planificación insurgente a través de la pedagogía crítica. UT-Austin School of Architecture. http://sites.utexas.edu/santodomingo-informality/files/2019/07/DR2017-w-...

Sletto, B. ed. 2016. Entrelazando miradas: Hacia una nueva visión de la infraestructura socio-comunitaria. UT-Austin School of Architecture. http://sites.utexas.edu/santodomingo-informality/files/2019/07/Los-Plata...

Mirzazad, S., Holland, B., Englum, L., Vasudevan, R., Berndt, C., aand Hartke, J. 2014. Federal Policy Initiative: Recommendations to the President’s Taskforce on Climate Preparedeness and Resilience. Resilient Communities for America. http://icleiusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/RC4A-Federal-Policy-Initi...

Schilling, J. and Vasudevan, R. 2013. Strategic Lessons in Sustainable Community Building- the Groundwork USA Network. Center for Community Progress.

photo of Raksha Vasudevan